MAYNOR'S 'DAGGER' FELLS DUKE

VCU 79, DUKE 77 (March 15, 2007)
Since that cold Buffalo night in March, VCU fans have been asking each other, where were you for “The Dagger”?

VCU was still a relative unknown when sophomore point guard Eric Maynor led the 11th-seeded Rams to a stunning victory over Duke in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament at the HSBC Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

Maynor finished with 22 points, but none were bigger than the two that came on his game-winning, 17-foot pull-up jumper over the outstretched hand of Jon Scheyer with 1.8 seconds remaining.

The victory rattled college basketball and introduced VCU to a national audience. It was the Rams’ first NCAA Tournament win in 22 years and helped launch an unprecedented run of success, including a 2011 Final Four appearance.